Monday, April 20, 2015

Destruction Imminent

Destruction Imminent was released in 1996 by Cunning & Devious Games for the Atari ST/e and is a first-person shooter, similar to a typical Wolfenstein clone. In fact, it's incredibly reminiscent of that era with similar gameplay styles taking place in a similar environment fighting against the hoards using a range of familiar weapons.

The atmosphere is creepy with each level overrun by a variety of strange creatures - but not to worry because there are lots of weapons ranging from the humble pistol to the more powerful machine gun, rocket launcher and plasma rifle. The monsters are pretty sparse on the opening levels but they're a bunch of oddballs if I'm honest. The Rock Monster is incredibly weird - like a crude Daroou from Dungeon Master, but made from gingerbread! He's kinda freaky for all the wrong reasons - just kill him and free your monitor from that pixel art.

Controls are easy: cursor keys are used for walking, CTRL fires your weapons and SHIFT allows you to run away like a cowardly chicken. Also, side-stepping is featured, with the Function Keys used to flip between weapons/health. Mouse isn't supported but the wooden movement from a keyboard is still very responsive!

It's worth watching the intro which is informative and features really stereo cool music too.

The intro informs us about the monsters we're likely to encounter and they are a freaky bunch!

Ignoring its drab user-interface, the visuals are really impressive and ran through a fast 3D engine that won't fail to impress with texture mapping, light-sourced sprites and a decent framerate. Power without the price! But let's remember something folks, this is an 8MHz computer and not a 25MHz 386 PC!! Think about that. As for the audio, thankfully, this is equally impressive using nice sound effects and cool tunes. Everything is even better when run using the Atari STe thanks to its stereo DMA coprocessor. Colour me impressed!

This game is a LOT of fun: the weapons are great and exploring demon-infested worlds is always fascinating. However, the enemies are a bit lame and the Rock Monster proves that - an angry gingerbread man! However, you can't take anything away from what is an extraordinary example of what the Atari ST/e is capable of knocking out. Well, when in the hands of talented people that care about their product - so no lame port here.

Play it on the Atari STe if you can and enjoy what is nothing short of a fantastic first-person shooter.

Destruction Imminent - download from my Dropbox.

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